Aina Haina is a family-friendly community nestled along the oceanfront between Waialae Iki Ridge and Hawaii Loa Ridge. Aina Haina translates to Hind’s Land in Hawaiian, and the community is named for Robert Hind a dairy farm owner who resided here in the 1920s. Aina Haina has a friendly small-town feel with local shops and restaurants. There are two beach parks in the community, and the outstanding snorkeling spot at Hanauma Bay is nearby. The Kalaniana’ole Highway hugs the oceanfront and connects Aina Haina to Waikiki six miles to the west.
Aina Haina’s real estate mix mostly consists of single-family homes. Many enjoy enough elevation to provide captivating mountain and ocean views.
What to Love
- Quiet hiking trails and beachfront parks
- Family atmosphere
- Fantastic local eateries
- Close to Hanauma Bay snorkeling
People & Lifestyle
Aina Haina is a welcoming community where many residents lay down roots. Many multigenerational families live in the community, and new arrivals quickly realize why Aina Haina is a place people never want to leave. From the oceanfront scenery to the spectacular views from nearby hiking trails, Aina Haina offers an enchanting lifestyle. Local shops and restaurants add to Aina Haina’s appeal.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Aina Haina Shopping Center has around 30 businesses, including a variety of great restaurants. Jack’s Restaurant is a local favorite for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Jack’s menu has a whopping 11 varieties of omelet; popular choices include the Denver Omelet, Jack’s Ono-licious Fish Omelet, and Jack’s Special Omelet, which comes loaded with Portuguese sausage, mushroom, green onions, and cheese. Leahi Health exclusively uses organic ingredients for its nutrition-focused vegan menu of fruit smoothies, tacos, and bowls. La Tour Café combines French and Hawaiian flavors with fresh-baked artisanal bread, flatbread pizzas, salads, burgers, and macarons. Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha is a famous spot for island-style shaved ice and ice cream. All of Uncle Clay’s ingredients are fresh, natural, and locally sourced. Recommended choices include sweet strawberry syrup and creative Kale-Spin. Whatever you opt for, Uncle Clay’s is an Aina Haina must-visit.
Other businesses at Aina Haina Shopping Center include My Gym Honolulu for workouts and fitness classes and Foodland Farms for grocery shopping.
Things to Do
There are several trails around Aina Haina, and they are usually quiet and uncrowded. Wiliwilinui Ridge Hiking Trail provides some of the best views, with incredible vistas over Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head, and Pearl Harbor. The trail is dog-friendly and is suitable for mountain biking. The area traversed by the trail is teeming with wildlife, including 32 bird species.
Homes are close to the Kawaikui Beach Park and Wailupe Beach Park. The small sandy beach at Kawaikui Park is mostly used by fishermen and relaxing locals, and this quiet area is one of the best places on Oahu to see the sunrise. Wailupe Beach Park is also popular with fishermen, as the water remains shallow quite far from the shoreline. This also makes Wailupe more suitable for paddling and surfing than swimming or snorkeling.
Public schools are organized by the Hawaii Department of Education. Highlights include:
- Aina Haina Elementary School, Public, PK-5
- Niu Valley Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Kalani High School, Public, 9-12
- Honolulu Waldorf School, Private, 9-12
- Holy Nativity School, Private (Episcopal), PK-7
- Mary, Star of the Sea School, Private (Roman Catholic), PK-8